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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-11-2012 08:53 PM 1140 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this awl to make it easier to poke the centers of logs where I want to center drill them. I was using a scriber but the head is so small it got to hurting when doing a bunch of blanks.
I made this one out of a piece of Ironwood from south of Tuscon,Az.
The shaft is hardened drill rod and it has a Win.30-30 spent cartridge in the back and a brass ferule to dress it up.
It is finished with EEE and Shellawax

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Randy_ATX

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 08:56 PM

This is a nice looking awl and a great idea with the cartridge. Inspiring.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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peteg

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 09:04 PM

An underrated tool Jim that we are always looking for in the shed, very nice job on this one :)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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nomercadies

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 09:14 PM

I wonder what it would look like if you sprawled your tools out on a blanket in the driveway. I bet there are some real beauties there. This is nice work and again real attention to detail. Thank you.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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mafe

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 09:14 PM

What a nice awl.
Super cool detail with the cartridge, and it looks so comfortable.
Nothing like homemade tools.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 06-11-2012 09:41 PM

Aw… what a COOL Awl !!!

Nice work!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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wiswood2

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#6 posted 06-11-2012 09:59 PM

Very nice, good job.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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SPalm

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#7 posted 06-11-2012 11:08 PM

Now that is really nice.
The ferule and rod just seem to go together.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 06-11-2012 11:13 PM

Nice piece of wood, well shaped Jim

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 06-11-2012 11:27 PM

Nice handy tool Jim but to flash for my shed.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Roger

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#10 posted 06-12-2012 02:28 AM

Very kool Jim. Nice touch o class with that shell case.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Woodfix

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#11 posted 06-12-2012 09:57 AM

Very nice, does the cartridge have any significance or just happened to be the one lying around.

Doug

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 06-12-2012 11:03 AM

Thank you all for all the nice comments. I really need one of these and have been watching Mads’ projects and the one he has do I decided to make one too.

Hi Doug, the 30-30 is one I fired at the range and I save my brass to decorate my projects- no significance to anything. I have a ton of ‘em.

...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mafe

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#13 posted 06-12-2012 12:31 PM

;-) big smile my friend.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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rance

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#14 posted 06-12-2012 02:01 PM

Now that’s a cool idea with the cartridge. It looked like you had a casing around the awl too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Brandon

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#15 posted 06-12-2012 02:12 PM

Love the shell casing idea. I might have to try that. Great work!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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